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Oct 8, 2011 5:00am EDT
. >> duma, a suburb of damascus. an activist gave us this footage showing clashes between troops and protesters. they say this has been going on for months. this is why we asked the government for permission to visit duma. this was the first place in damascus to see protests. as we enter duma the, the mood changes. we start to see soldiers. look closely. they are concealed in this all of growth. -- in this olive grove. we asked these men to go to places where people gathered. they take us to a filling station. we have been trying to negotiate with our escort. what we can see in the suburbs of duma, this is not very much. this is the time of day when not a lot of people are on the streets. people don't really want to film here. it feels like a ghost town. we have to meet people who live here. they insist, we need to move on. our next stop, a round about. pretty but deserted. we were hoping to meet some of the people of duma but it is pretty quiet here. we hear the call to prayer. can we go to the main mosque? they say, there isn't one. >> we haven't even talked to one person. you want
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Oct 13, 2011 5:00am EDT
are encouraging children going to school to use a different route and to avoid that footpath by that hot spot. >> are we talking about a accepts of crisis growing -- a sense of crisis growing again around tokyo? >> i think that would be overstating it. this is a surprising hot spot. another have been found, and there are reports of a third. we're talking about very small areas. one potential explanation could be where rain has washed off from a roof, so dust particles in the air have gathered. but what it does do is add to the general concern in japan, a general fear about contamination, scares about beef, about tap water, even about green tea. when you go into a supermarket now, there are labels on lots of the food telling you where the ingredients come from. some people are trying to avoid food from the affected region. so, as that general sense of concern that is going on as this nuclear crisis continues. >> roland, thanks very much for that. roland buerk in tokyo. celebrations among libya's interim government supporters as transitional national council representatives have announ
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Oct 25, 2011 6:00pm EDT
of theology. >> sock of us are looking in a jewish direction. some of us are looking in a muslim direction. some are looking into n a christian direction and yet we're all looking in a god direction. >> woodruff: plus, different screens for different kids. we look at the "app gap" among the nation's children. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> okay, listen. somebody has got to get serious. >> i think... >> we need renewable energy. >> ...renewable energy is vital to our planet. >> you hear about alternatives, right? wind, solar, algae. >> i think it's got to work on a big scale. and i think it's got to be affordable. >> so, where are they? >> it has to work in the real world. at chevron, we're investing millions in solar and biofuel technology to make it work. >> we've got to get on this now. >> right now. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st cent
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Oct 13, 2011 7:00pm EDT
sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening and thanks for joining us. google shares take flight after hours, jumping over $30 a share, susie, after the web giant crushed analyst estimates with its latest earnings. >> susie: tom, profits surged 26% and revenues posted an even bigger gain. here's how the numbers stacked up. google earned $2.7 billion, or $9.72 a share, almost a dollar ahead of analyst's estimates. revenues were also better than expected, up 33% to $7.5 billion. >> tom: joining us with more-- scott kessler. he follows google as senior director of technology research at s&p capital iq. with us tonight in new york. scott, how do you describe these quarterly results from google, blew estimates out of the water. >> yeah, tom, i would say having covered the stock for more than seven years, probably between good and great. google over the years has really delivered time and time again. this quarter was no exception. what was surprising to us was the combination of accelerating revenue growth for the fourth straight quarter as well as continuing improvement in margins reflectin
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Oct 25, 2011 5:30pm EDT
gaddafi. now our guides were keen to show us that he was gone. the spectacle was over and the lines had been drawn. the country was ready to move on. g chips in the new libya. this giant fist once stood in colonel gaddafi's libyan compound. now it has been brought back here to misrata as a sign of their achievement. colonel gaddafi's body is the ultimate war trophy of all, and the five days of wrangling over its burial was a sign of the intensive political positioning that is now going on behind the scenes. >> the defeated loyalists are getting used to a new reality. this man is now a prisoner. he was one of those who prepared muammar gaddafi body for burial. he said the colonel's followers have only one option now. >> everything was clear. now the end of gaddafi means a new life. >> but it is not going to be easy. in misrata, very slowly, life is beginning to get back to normal, as people change from their military fatigues back to civilian clothes. the real revolution starts here, this man told me, after the death of gaddafi. this was a peaceful revolution we started back in febru
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Oct 29, 2011 5:00am EDT
. otherwise, we are worried because we will lose all of the land. that will leave us with nothing. >> in an age of food and security, as prices rise across the globe, there is pressure to dramatically change the way that the land of africa is cultivated. 50 years after the end of the colonial order, zambia is opening its doors to foreigners once more. >> there are excellent conditions for agriculture, the climate, the amount of water, the quality of the soil. >> this is the zambian bush. hear, the british firm has leased an existing commercial farm of 25,000 acres. their aim is to maximize profit by maximizing yields. >> the best yield is about 14.2 pounds. >> this man runs the operation. he used to farm in zimbabwe before it being driven off the land. he says it is possible to get 30 times the yield obtained through farming. the achieve this through economies of scale, better irrigations, and a new approach to soil. >> you can extract nutrients from the soil. >> this is vulnerable to more efficient farming. the farm labor depends for accommodation, medical care, education for the
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Oct 26, 2011 7:00pm EDT
a loss do investors in greek government bonds have to take. how the euro-zone will use its $610 billion bailout fund. and how to ensure the stability of european banks. the top priority is planning for a structured debt default by greece. >> i think the best we can hope for at this point is that europeans reassure markets that greece will be allowed to default in an orderly way and the greek default will not affect italy, because the european leaders will, as a second important step, take steps to backstop and support the italian government bond market. >> tom: stocks moved higher as european leaders worked towards a debt resolution. the dow rose 162 points, the nasdaq added 12 and the s&p 500 up nearly 13 points. big board volume continues above one billion shares while nasdaq volume climbed above two billion. sales of new homes were up last month following four straight monthly declines. the commerce department says sales jumped nearly 6% as builders lowered prices in a soft market. separately, another report shows companies ordered more heavy machinery and computers in septem
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Oct 6, 2011 5:30pm EDT
we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> in the past couple of decades, internet use has spread across the planet, invading every aspect of life. in countries like south korea, going online seems to have become a necessity. >> [speaking korean] >> usually, i go online as soon as i wake up. on average, i use the internet for about 6 hours a day. >> in a unique experiment, the bbc has removed internet access from 2 families for a week, in this the most wired nation on earth. >> in other parts of the world, the digital superhighway still hasn't reached its destination. how many people here actually know what the internet is? [indistinct chattering] >> internet? anybody? now, though, we're going to be providing internet access to this village in northern nigeria. so, what happens when we turn the internet on here? >> and off here? [indistinct chattering] >> it's not exactly the information superhighway. [bleating] welcome to the village of gitata, 2 1/2 hours north of the nigerian capital abuja. what strikes you as you arrive in gitata is the fact that it seems so disconnected from
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Oct 11, 2011 7:00pm EDT
results missing the mark. alcoa c.e.o. klaus kleinfeld joins us with an update. it's "nightly business report" for tuesday, october 11. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening and thanks for joining us. a bad start to earnings season-- late today, alcoa posted a skimpy profit that was much lower than expected. the aluminum giant is the first dow component to report and, susie, investors are worried that this a is bad omen for upcoming quarterly results. >> susie: tom, investors were disappointed-- alcoa reported right after the closing bell, and the stock fell more than 3.5% following the earnings release. here's why-- the company earned 15 cents a share in the third quarter, up from a year ago, but seven cents below analysts' estimates. alcoa blamed it on a big drop in aluminum prices and slow economic growth. revenues came in slightly ahead of estimates, up 21%
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Oct 19, 2011 5:30pm EDT
more gruesome -- deaths ever more gruesome. veracruz used to boast that it was mexico's say this city, but the empty beaches tell a different story. 35 bodies were left on the street in daylight, people who had been downed, tortured, and killed. empty homes have been boarded up after they were used to hide corpses. this is one of three locations where more than 30 bodies were found dumped in house is just a few days ago. it is part of an increasingly vicious battle that has been taking place in mexico. as you can see, the marines have been deployed on to the streets of a city that, until recently, was perfectly safe. many of those killed are victims in a tit-for-tat between drug gangs, but not all. dirty tricks and political cowardice means some innocent men are wrongly accused. speaking out is a rare and dangerous thing to do in mexico, but we met janet figueroa, who is prepared to take the risk just to clear her father's name. he was mechanic caught in the crossfire of a gun battle. janet says the state fabricated evidence that he was a criminal. >> is used to be a really safe
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Oct 27, 2011 5:30pm EDT
ground. the former pakistani president gives us his friend assessment of where things stand with the u.s.. >> there is a breakdown in confidence between pakistan and the u.s.. >> get ready broadway, there is a new twist on the language barrier leaving audiences laughing. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. after a marathon session which stretched into the morning, the leaders of the eurozone said they struck a deal which will help solve the debt crisis. banks are being asked to write off half of what they were owed. global markets cheered what they heard, was this enough to save the euro? clucks europe woke to the news that against expectations, the leaders had agreed on a plan to fix the eurozone crisis. it might not where did the big bazooka some are calling for but politicians claimed that during the night the euro had been saved. >> i think it is much better than before. >> you will have to wait a couple of days to be sure. >> stock markets enjoyed a bounce. the euro crisis had been seen as increasing the risk of global recession. leaders had b
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Oct 19, 2011 5:00am EDT
ma'am farm in ohio. -- animal farm in ohio. >> thanks for joining us. i want to start by bringing you news from somalia of a french woman who was kidnapped from a kenyan resort island. you may remember this, just a few weeks ago, the woman was taken to neighboring somalia. we understand she's been -- it's been reported that she has died. now, she was 66 years old, disabled. she'd been held in somalia for more than two weeks, and the french foreign minister said they haven't been able to determine the date or circumstances of her death, but they have, nonetheless, been informed by the contacts they have with those who took her. this has been reported as being the work of al-shabab, which is something which the islamist group has denied. but the word has come in that mary dacour has died in capture. as more comes in to us, we'll bring it straight to you, of course, here on "bbc world news." now, a strike has started, a general strike, in fact, set to last two full days in greece just as parliament is voting on sweeping new austerity measures. for the government, it's an essential set fo
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Oct 4, 2011 7:00pm EDT
you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening and thanks for joining us. ben bernanke delivered a grim assessment on the u.s. economy today. speaking to lawmakers on capitol hill today, "sluggish" and "slow" were two words he used to describe economic conditions. >> susie: the federal reserve chairman promised that the central bank will be ready to act, if necessary. but he called on congress to do its part to help the economy, specifically coming up with a long-term deficit reduction plan. >> tom: bernanke admitted u.s. policy makers face tough economic choices, but added those choices cannot be "postponed." darren gersh reports. >> reporter: the key part of federal reserve chairman ben bernanke's message today came when he was asked about the impact of operation twist, the fed's program to bring down long-term interest rates. >> i think it'll help somewhat on job creation and growth. it'll be particularly important now that the economy is close... the recovery is close to faltering. we want to make sure that the recovery continues and doesn't drop back. >> reporter:
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Oct 28, 2011 5:00am EDT
some cancer rates. hello. thank you for joining us. in thailand thousands are fleeing the capital due to flooding fears. so far more than 360 people have died in thyland's worst flooding in decades. a satellite picture shows you how this is almost completely surrounded by water. in bank cock, we have the latest. >> we have a huge volume of accumulated water built up to the north of the capital and it's now making steady progress towards the center of the city. but it is still 15-20 kilometers away from the central business district where i am talking to you now. this weekend the authorities say could be decisive in how effective their management of the control of the water has been and how much of bangkok could fall under some part of the water. there could be some areas that could escape the water altogether. but probably over the next few days most of bangkok will suffer some flooding. >> what's been the reaction in bangkok and around thyland for the way government hazardsed these -- government hazardsed this flooding? >> well, there has been some positive feedback as the government
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Oct 19, 2011 3:00am EDT
. >> what did he give us? a million people been deported. >> frontline, the investigative reporting workshop, and correspondent maria hinojosa investigate obama's tough immigration enforcement... >> hasn't the president ended up enacting the republican agenda? >> what the president is doing is enforcing the law of the land. >> ...examining his promise to deport hardened criminals... >> 1,000 murderers, 6,000 sex offenders, 45,000 serious drug violators. >> ...while critics say the program has swept up thousands of immigrants with no criminal record... >> a mother who had a broken tail light being separated, maybe forever, from her children? >> ( translated ): i don't understand how their mother could have been thrown out of the country. >> ...and investigating conditions in the vast network of immigrant detention centers. >> women harassed for sexual favors, guards taking detainees and beating them, running them down like they were animals. >> tonight, how the politics of immigration are "lost in detention." >> frontline is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from vie
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Oct 17, 2011 6:00pm EDT
crowd smashed windows and burned cars. police used tear gas and fire hoses to push back crowds, and officials estimated property damage at more than a million dollars. there were clashes in germany as well. as protestors marched on the parliament building in berlin. and in london where protesters were pushed away from the london stock exchange before making their way to st. paul's cathedral. wikileaks founder julian assange addressed the crowd there. >> this movement is not about the obstruction of law. it is about the construction of law. >> reporter: but today russian prime minister vladimir putin warned that the protests can be destructive. >> things can get to a situation that we are now seeing in certain countries with developed economies. when hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets, not a marginal group but hundreds of thousands and are demanding things that the governments of these countries cannot actually carry out. >> reporter: still in the streets at least the movement seems to be gaining strength organically. activists claim there were protests saturda
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Oct 12, 2011 6:00pm EDT
jobs, keeping people at work. they depend on us. >> the economy depends on them. >> and we depend on them. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: the struggle to put americans back to work dominated the day in congress from president obama's jobs bill, to free trade, to china's currency. "newshour" congressional correspondent kwame holman has the story. >> reporter: the legislative future of the president's jobs plan was as murky today as the rain clouds over the capitol. last night, senate republicans blocked the democrats' version of the $450 billion bill saying it would not work, and might make things worse. the president vowed today to keep pushing, as he addressed a latino heritage event in washington. >> we will not take no for an answer.
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Oct 7, 2011 5:30pm EDT
afghanistan. there is the means of whoever would like to use those against both countries. the taliban would like to move a finger without pakistan's support. the fact is that the taliban were and are stationed in pakistan. we all know that. the pakistani government knows that, we know that. this is not in a manner of accusation and reprimand -- reprimand. >> if you say that you will not talk to the very people -- >> we did not say that we will not talk to them, we don't know who to talk to. we don't have an address. the moment we have been addressed, we will talk to them. >> the policy until just the other day was to talk this to them. >> we were demanding, we are asking for negotiations. we wanted to talk to them. with the assassination of the president by someone who came in the name of a messenger from the have an we don't address of someone to talk to. you don't talk to suicide bombers to come in the messages of peace. the fact that we are not dealing with an identifiable individual as representing the taliban or a place that we can knock on and say, we want to talk to. until that
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Oct 18, 2011 5:30pm EDT
the americans have given us. >> libya is rich with its own billions of dollars, so she did not pledge any money, but offered american expertise and assistance to rebuild the country. she called on all fighters to unified under one leadership. >> they want to get them under national command, prevent reprisals and to secure the stocks of weaponry that have come off of the battlefield and where have been discovered. >> of the u.s. played a key role in the nato led a military campaign but kept a low profile. there was no victory last year for mrs. clinton. she kept a low profile because of security concerns. the challenges ahead are tremendous, not just for libya, but also the united states. her visit is part of an effort to help shape the future of libya, and also of other countries in the region where the u.s. wants to maintain influence. >> the highest court has ruled that stem cells cannot patented. in a case that could have major implications for medicine. the court of justice decision and the european research into the use of stem cell therapy or drive research abroad. a car bomb ha
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Oct 11, 2011 5:00am EDT
correspondent told us about the situation there. >> it is relatively ok here. would you believe this is the relief in coordination center. we saw a group of military trying to get rid of some of this water. behind me is where they are storing all of the relief supplies, the food, and the water. they need to keep this area dry. the water is just above my ankles. it is not too bad year, but they are worried about the supplies. -- too bad here, but they are worried about the supplies. some people said the water was up to their knees, then it rose very quickly. >> how are people coping? >> the officials say they are worried that people are leaving too late to evacuate. they want to take care of their animals. that is understandable. but if there is water in your home, it is better to get to high ground, a safe place, shelter, because there is more rain to come. the clouds are forming, and it looks pretty gloomy. more rain is expected tonight and for the next few days. the focus is shifting from these positions further north to the capital of bangkok. >> what but i they doing in bangkok to prote
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Oct 27, 2011 6:00pm EDT
a big difference to a lot of people. >> computing surrounds us. sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's very surprising where you find it. soon, computing intelligence in unexpected places will change our lives in truly profound ways. technology can provide customized experiences, tailored to individual consumer preferences, igniting a world of possibilities from the inside out. sponsoring tomorrow, starts today. and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: stocks rallied around the world today, after news of a debt crisis deal in europe. european exchanges were up as much as 6%. and on wall street the dow jones industrial average soared 339 points nearly 3% to close at 12,208. the nasdaq rose nearly 88 points to close at 2,738. investors everywhere were carried forward
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Oct 10, 2011 5:30pm EDT
country's future, i enjoyed by robin wright, the author of a book. thank you very much for joining us. egypt is supposed to be the poster child of the arab spring. does this mean that the country is losing its way? >> i think the real problem is not just the sectarian runs between christians and muslims that has erupted but the broader role of the military. there were widespread expectations and promises of a military that they would and martial law that has been in place since 1981 and that they would move forward quickly with transition. ms. gar ryness possibly as long as two years before the election of a parliament and the writing of the constitution and then the election of the president, and this, of course, in trenches military rule, which has made many unhappy. >> does that mean that we will see more of this? >> the danger is the military has been so recalcitrant in following through on its promises, and anger is running some deep, we are more likely to see more chaos and confusion before we see a sense of order restored. >> the protests started against the military, but are w
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Oct 15, 2011 2:00am EDT
, very high. and a lot of us, certainly the three of us who were sitting at the table as moderators, expected him to come in aggressively. the day before, he had released a really hard-edged video against mitt romney talking about health care. we were expecting that the minute the subject turned to health care, he was just going to take out after him. and the opposite happened. it was -- you said he faded. it was almost like he disappeared. gwen: there were long periods of time, true of jon huntsman as well. but long periods of time when you expected this guy who had come out of the gate so fast to finally take charge. especially since everyone has said he hasn't done well in debates before but it kind of didn't happen. >> and it wasn't like he wasn't given the opportunities. and obviously herman cain was just reveling in his -- in his new stature in the race. and mitt romney, though, is -- a republican operative had said to me earlier this week, it's like this guy is going to win the indy 500 at 35 miles an hour. just by not running into the guard rails. and i think that's what he
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Sep 30, 2011 10:30pm EDT
. pierre's been on the story for months. tell us, how important was the killing of al lackey? >> gwen, even before osama bin laden had been killed, sources have been telling me this was the most dangerous man on the planet. they said that because he was operational in terms of getting involved with al qaeda's operation to kill americans through plots developed overseas but also a pretty massive and sophisticated online presence. english speaking magazines online, which he would preach to americans kill other americans. they said he was both operational and also a propaganda genius. gwen: it wasn't long ago he was here in falls church, virginia, sitting not far from where we are tonight and he was considered a friend, moderate, somebody who cooperated with the u.s. government. how did he become radicalized and how did he become so important? >> this is an interesting story of his evolution. a lot of officials thought he was mod moderate as you said. beginning with the underwear bomb plot, we began to ee change in the thinking about this guy. i remember in december of last year i sat do
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Oct 8, 2011 2:30am EDT
not used to doing this. i do not know how it affects their prospects. >> one exception to the shields glandularity faces -- john kerry, i do not know if there were people going hormonal over him. but he lost. but on the republican side that is the story. romney is the man who wants to be the last man standing in he is the one i think in the end will be considered acceptable -- just conservative enough. but it is early. so, if you are energized as republicans are over obama, you don't want to settle early on conservative enough. you want somebody who is really conservative. that is why you have the rotating dates -- bachmann, perry. >> speed dating on the republican side. >> president obama appeals for public support. >> i am dealing with a majority leader who says his number one goal was to beat me. not to put americans back to work, not grow the economy, not help small businesses expand, but to defeat me. >> that is the president defending why he is appealing directly to the public to support his jobs plan. the plan is going to be paid for by increasing taxes on the wealthy.
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Oct 17, 2011 5:30pm EDT
concerned, we use a rate per 100,000 children comparison. our rate is about triple canada's, about 11 times in's, about -- italy's, about four or five times the rate of great britain's. >> and that even accounts the difference -- for the difference in the population. >> this is a rate issue. the u.s. just has a very high fatality rate. >> why is it so high? >> have much higher rates of childhood poverty, which contribute -- we have much higher rates of childhood poverty, which contributes to the issue. we have high populations of prison. we have high substance-abuse issues as well. we have a very weak safety net in the united states, unlike other industrialized countries. we do not have universalized health care, we do not have paid maternal and parental leave. we do not have home visiting at a scale that makes a difference. there are too many people not prepared to be parents, a lack of social safety nets to provide assistance. we also do not have a strong child protection system. it varies from state to state. it is not a federal system. some states do much better than others. >> is this
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Oct 27, 2011 5:00am EDT
issues. i believe the decisions gives us a solid platform from which to continue our work. i'm also pleased that the summit conclusions highlight the role of the community matters and of the commission in economic governance. in fact, we build on the measures by strengthening the commission's role monitoring budget. but we will now go beyond the legislation recently adopted by these parliaments. the commission is committed to a union. today i can announce to you that next month we'll present a comprehensive package on further deepening european union and euro-area economic governance. this will include namely -- a decision regulation linking assistance according to the treaty. a further co-decision regulation on deeper fiscal also based on article 136 of the treaty. so far, you decide on the basis of our proposal. >> ok, well, let's leave it there. jose man you're we will barroso speaking a few moments ago. i'm joined by the bureau chief for the "financial times" here in brussels, and our business correspondent here in brussels as well. now, you had a chance to look at it. i think y
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Oct 20, 2011 6:00pm EDT
the elusive search for accurate predictions of where and when earthquakes will strike. >> using japan's uniquely dense network of seismometers, researchers have created a detailed map of previous earthquakes. it is a very clear view in the rear view mirror, but not a crystal ball. >> warner: and betty ann bowser reports on the questions raised about a routine test for prostate cancer. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> computing surrounds us. sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's very surprising where you find it. soon, computing intelligence in unexpected places will change our lives in truly profound ways. technology can provide customized experiences, tailored to individual consumer preferences, igniting a world of possibilities from the inside out. sponsoring tomorrow, starts today. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations.
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Oct 26, 2011 4:00am EDT
, several of us thought it would be a good idea if we did a benefit dart tournament to raise funds to help with their burial. todd and stacy willingham showed up the night that we had the tournament. todd got too involved in the fun. >> and he was heard to brag to others that he wouldn't have anything to worry about now because the money would start rolling in because people would feel sorry for him. >> he showed a great interest in a new pair of darts, and that really kind of shocked me. i thought, "well, i'm really not going to let you give me back the money that i just gave you for a new pair of darts." so i just gave them to him so that he wouldn't lose the money that i wanted him to spend on those funerals. >> narrator: the police launched an investigation. todd willingham was the primary suspect. >> you've got to count his actions before and after, you've got to count his actions during the fire, and things like that. that makes the whole story, not just one little segment of it; it's every bit of the story. >> narrator: the police had been to willingham's house before. >> we'd been
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Oct 8, 2011 2:00am EDT
little and i was fighting with my brother and my mother put us in the back room and said don't come out until you're friends. >> she's talking about the super committee she's on, their ability to work something out. but is that possible on capitol hill? that everybody gets in a room away from cameras and work things out? >> the smoke filled back rooms don't exist anymore. if they did -- i don't know whether they did or -- things have really kind of devolved into a political brawl here that, i got to say, call me mieve. when this jobs bill debate started, i thought something might come of it because when you looked at the time, in early september, congress came back from this recess and the public was hopping mad about the way they dealt with the debt limit. the economy continued to stall and obama's proposal, when he came out with it in early september, it wasn't a totally in-your-face partisan bill and he pulled on ideas republicans would support and republicans seemed to be on their best behavior so at the outset it looked like something could come of it and it's unraveled since then.
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Oct 29, 2011 2:30am EDT
keep telling us how much it they like him. here he is taking a potshot at mitt romney and the health care plans the. >> many of my years have been providing health care. hillarycare, obamacare, and now i have to fight romneycare to get the nomination. >> easier said than done, mr. cain. peter hart held late focus group that included republicans, democrats, and independence. when he asked which candidate interested them the most, be answered by a large margin was herman cain. you were there, mark. what is it about him that appeal to republicans? >> he is not a politician, that they liked the personal story, up from the bootstraps, the mother a cleaning lady, a product of morehouse college, probably the most distinguished all-male traditionally black college in the country. and his directness, and his optimism, that is what they like about the guy. >> the cain phenomenon. >> they saw herman cain as a people person. his likability factor is very high. a hard-working businessman, a potential problem solver, someone that people would like to have as their next-door neighbor. the rest of t
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Oct 20, 2011 7:00pm EDT
middle of next year, analysts are betting it will be used in dell and hewlett packard tablets. investing in microsoft is not without risk-- the biggest is slowing sales growth for desktop computers. but the bulls point to intel's better than expected third quarter earnings this week on the back of strong p.c. demand. and finally, there are rumors microsoft could make a bid for yahoo, something it first did back in 2008. but this time, the speculation is microsoft would partner with a private equity firm in going after yahoo. the goal would be to combine microsoft's search engine, bing, with yahoo search. >> so you combine yahoo and microsoft's search business, and you are looking at potentially a 30% market share in the internet market, relative tgoogle's 64% to 65% market share. >> reporter: and if none of these reasons are tempting enough to buy the shares, analysts point to the 20 cents a share quarterly dividend. it works out to about a 3% yield, one of the highest in the tech sector. erika miller, "nightly business report, new york. >> suzanne: a zigzag day for wall stree
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Oct 13, 2011 5:30pm EDT
unprecedented case in terms of using wire taught -- wiretaps for this kind of case. the government stressed the envelope. the defense will appeal whether or not that was permissible. >> the judge did show leniency. he did not hand out a longer sentence because of the defendant's legal problems. >> our reporter joins me live from new york. the judge showed leniency. this sends a tough message to wall street, doesn't it? >> considering what to sentence the defendant, he said i do not have a crystal ball about what will send a clear message. hopefully, this will be enough. that is certainly his hope. the government was hoping for a tougher sentence. all of this is designed to see in -- to send a clear message. those who commit economic crimes will be punished. >> do you think this kind of trial will actually change the way individuals operate in finance? >> i think it will have some kind of impact. when you take someone like this defendant and make them at a poster boy for this bad behavior, i do not think people want that kind of bad publicity. it is not good for business. the penalty of endi
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Oct 15, 2011 5:00am EDT
tries to overcome the criticism that he belongs to a cult. a texas pastor will tell us why a mormon is not necessarily fit for the white house. in egypt, the military is accused of organizing violence that leaves 25 people dead. as christians in cairo react, what does this say about life after the revolution. designed in scotland but made in mongolia by north koreans. you might be surprised where your winter belize come from -- winter woolies come from. republican presidential hopefuls gathered again this week for a presidential debate and new hampshire. among the hopefuls is the former governor of massachusetts, mitt romney. he needs the support of bible belt america to successfully tracked the path to the white house. he is a mormon. some believe that it is a cult. >> out of the mountains they came searching for resign. in the shadow of the mountains in utah, the mormons founded their promised land. under the vast blue skies of the west, the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints built a city near the great salt lake. [singing] here in salt lake city, the church grew rich. it wa
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Oct 14, 2011 7:00pm EDT
the u.s. needs to use diplomacy to boost job growth, open up trade and learn lessons from the european debt crisis. it was somewhat unusual for a secretary of state to make a major policy statement before the economic club of new york. the reaction from many in the audience was positive. >> i liked it. i thought it was very outward looking in a time of high unemployment when people tend to be inward looking and bring in the fences. she was pushing away from that. i think it was critically important that the secretary stood up and acknowledged that the national interest of the united states is tied to our economic interests. >> susie: but others were more critical, saying clinton gave more of a pep talk than a plan of action. international economist david malpass noted the speech was an admission of america's weakening global position. >> it looked to me like, my takeaway was that the u.s. was pushing back against the weakening of our role in the international economy. >> susie: and china is part of the u.s.'s challenges. responding to question, clinton addressed the prickly to
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Oct 19, 2011 6:00pm EDT
more brazil's poor gain access to technology and the know how to use it, the more they can participate in the country's booming economy which would get a $1 billion stimulus for the world cup and olympics. >> ifill: and jeffrey brown assesses the state of the banking industry, as some of the largest financial institutions report growing losses. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> computing surrounds us. sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's very surprising where you find it. soon, computing intelligence in unexpected places will change our lives in truly profound ways. technology can provide customized experiences, tailored to individual consumer preferences, igniting a world of possibilities from the inside out. sponsoring tomorrow, starts today. ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. and with the ongoing support of these institutions and fo
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Oct 12, 2011 7:00pm EDT
tax increase. this jobs bill does not require us to go into debt. and this jobs bill has bipartisian support. >> tom: from boosting jobs through trade to losing jobs on wall street, we look at what job cuts in the world of finance could mean for the u.s. economy. it's "nightly business report" for wednesday, october 12. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program is made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> susie: good evening everyone. high hopes on wall street today. u.s. investors bought up stocks after european officials rolled out what's seen as the most credible plan so far to prop up european banks. tom? >> tom: susie, the plan was rolled out today by the president of the european commission, jose manuel barrosa. he called on european leaders to act quickly and agree at a meeting in two weeks. here's what he's calling for. european banks would be required to temporarily increase their capital reserves. that extra cash should come f
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Oct 12, 2011 5:00am EDT
a saudi ambassador using mexican drug traffickers bringing terror to washington. authorities here admit it sounds like a hollywood script, but the final act is still unfolding. in response, the u.s. treasury has imposed sanctions on four senior members of the revolutionary guard. washington will use this case to further isolate tehran diplomatically. >> we will be consulting with our friends and partners around the world about how we can send a very strong message that this kind of action, which violates international norms, must be ended. >> the iranian authorities have dismissed the allegations as a fabrication, war mongering propaganda by america. a broken relationship is suddenly even more challenged. steve kingston, bbc news, washington. >> now to a name which reverberates through israel. gilad shalit, the young soldier kidnapped by hamas five years ago and whose release has been a battle of political wills ever since. well, now, the israeli prime minister, netanyahu, says his freedom has been secured. he'll be back with his family within days. in return, more than 1,000 pale
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Oct 10, 2011 6:00pm EDT
questions raised when unmanned drones are used to target terrorists. >> brown: and gwen ifill talks to anita hill about her new book on race and gender, 20 years after she accused then-supreme court nominee clarence thomas of sexual harassment. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on >> if i can symbolize the ability to pursue gender equality, racial equality and to be truthful about our experiences, then absolutely that's what i want to be. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> oil companies have changed my country. >> oil companies can make a difference. >> we have the chance to build the economy. >> create jobs, keep people healthy, and improve schools. >> ...and our communities. >> in angola chevron helps train engineers, teachers and farmers, launch child's programs. it's not just good business. >> i'm hopeful about my country's future. >> it's my country's future. >> computing surrounds us. sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's very surprising where you find it. soon computing intelligence in unexpected place
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Oct 12, 2011 12:00am EDT
morning. >> as an eager senate intern, the first thing that they needed us to do was open the mail. >> narrator: the envelope was on the top of the stack. >> i remember looking at it, and it looked like children's handwriting, and the return address was the fourth grade class. so i took the scissors and cut into the corner of the letter, just about an inch, and white powder immediately fell out all over me. >> she sees spores, and immediately puts her finger bravely on the ripped bit of the envelope to protect everybody from more spores coming out. >> it looked like baby powder. i was wearing a dark gray skirt and black shoes, and you could see it just vividly on the dark colors. >> narrator: the powder was anthrax, a deadly bacteria. >> it was a crime in progress because it is live anthrax spores. the fear was that it was absolutely spreading through the entire senate office building. >> narrator: this particular anthrax was highly floatable and potentially quite deadly. >> it travels hundreds and hundreds of feet. it takes months to decontaminate these offices. the spores are eve
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Oct 13, 2011 6:00pm EDT
accountable for any action they take against us. and any action they take against us will have a measured response. >> brown: and in london, foreign secretary william hague said britain is in close consultation with the u.s., the saudis and the rest of the european union, on an international response. back in washington, undersecretary of state wendy sherman told a senate hearing the investigation is ongoing. >> in contrast with the iranian regime's rapid and unsurprising denials, we are meticulously and rationally laying out the facts of this plot. >> brown: sherman said u.s. ambassadors around the world are alerting their host government's about those details, and demanding an end to any quds force activities inside their countries. for the latest and how this it might play out in the u.s. and iran, we turn to joby warrick of the "washington post" and daniel brumberg of the u.s. institute of peace. joby, you wrote today that the u.s. officials originally were skeptical of this iranian link. today we see the president say the facts are there for all to see. what are they pointin
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Oct 24, 2011 5:00am EDT
-winning actress emma thompson tells us there is hope for political reform in burma. and the search is on for a shark off the coast of australia which might have killed three people in two months. >> emergency workers are trying to rescue people trapped beneath the rubble after an earthquake hit turkey. it's thought hundreds of people could still be under the debris. more than 200 people have been killed, and over 1,000 injured. dozens of aftershocks have been felt in van in the east of turkey after the earthquake of 7.2 struck yesterday. >> it's a race against time. rescuers here are cutting through layers of concrete and steel. at last they reach this man, incredibly, still alive, still able to move his arms. they question him and he shakes his head. gently they pull him out, one lucky survivor in a sea of devastation. it was the multi-story buildings which became so deadly, dozens collapsed likes packs of cards. people had to fend for themselves for hours before rescue teams reached this remote area. >> we were trapped under debris with my brother. i was pulled out, but he is sti
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Oct 7, 2011 5:00am EDT
should perhaps just remind people -- oh, we got him back. maybe he can remind us instead. we'll have a listen in again. >> namely to include the women in the revolution and in new democracies. there will be no new democracy. because this is the most important issue in all of the a would be world, the oppression of women. they will not set aside the women. and therefore, we are giving the signals that if this succeeds with this effort to make democracy, one has to include the women. there are several times now that the women again are the missing part. >> we've been told that they're winning the prize, and have they had any reaction? >> we believe that leymah gbowe has been told, but we have had some problems the last few minutes to reach the two others. you have mentioned some of the signals that you've given off, particularly vis-a-vis africa and the arab world. what do you think the prize will lead to? the hope, it will give more focus on the human rights problem that women are constantly raped. that they are forced into sexual relations, have been a weapon in war. and we hope that w
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Oct 27, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. captioning sponsored by wpbt >> tom: good evening and thanks for joining us. susie gharib remains on assignment. we have good news from both sides of the atlantic ocean today, pushing major stock indices into positive territory for the year. it was a big day of buying for shareholders. the dow rocketed up 339 points to close above 12,000 for the first time since early august. the nasdaq shot up almost 88 points. the s&p 500 rallied more than 42 points. big board volume spiked to just under 1.5 billion shares, while nasdaq volume surged over 2.75 billion shares. here's what sparked the buying. first, european union leaders agreed to cut greece's debt and strengthen their bailout fund to keep larger economies from suffering the same fate. then, we got welcome news in this country. the economy regained some much- needed momentum in the third quarter. but it's clear the recovery still faces challenges. we begin our reporting with erika miller on the u.s. economy. >> reporter: 2.5% growth is welcome relief the economy is not on the brink of recession. better yet, the data may be just the
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Oct 31, 2011 5:30pm EDT
met with the question. is there room and resources for all of us? the united nations cultural organization, unesco, approved palestine as a member, prompting israel and the u.s. to freeze funding. one of the world's finest -- finest collections of islamic art goes on display in york. is it culture or politics? welcome to our viewers on pbs in america, and around the globe. if you are feeling a little cramped today, you have good reason. planet earth never has a population of 7 billion. the philippines was the first country to declare the seven billionth person, a little girl who is no doubt aware of all of the fuss. other countries claim milestone babies. the question remains -- can the world cope with so many of us? >> it is more about symbols than exact sums when it comes to global population. the u.n. has declared that in each country, one baby going on october 31 becomes the seven billionth person. there are many tiny candidates. is philippines' contribution dankeeka mae, blissfully unaware of her celebrity status. going in a crowded public hospital in manila, she was gree
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Oct 24, 2011 5:30pm EDT
from the cold. >> thank you very much for joining us. some amazing stories of survival there. we will keep you updated on any further development. staying in the region, the united states has pulled its ambassador out of syria because of concern for his safety. the state department is blaming the syrian authorities for a campaign of incitement against robert ford. last month, he was pelted with tomatoes and eggs by pro- government supporters. syria has now withdrawn its ambassador to washington. for more on the growing diplomatic tensions, i am joined by a former u.s. ambassador to syria. thank you so much for joining me. the state department is saying that it has been braque -- brought back for consultations. how serious is this? >> it is not as serious as a formal recall court certainly even a break in relations. either of those events had happened. it is not unprecedented to be recalling ambassadors for consultation. in this case, it was more serious because they said there was incitement and threats against the ambassador. he already has experienced several incidents in which
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Oct 25, 2011 5:00am EDT
and thank you for joining us. the transitional government in libya said the bodies of gaddafi, his son and a top i had a have been buried in an unknown location. this is thought to be the convoy that carried the bodies from a cold storage room in misurata to an unmarked grave in a secret location. joining me from misurata is gabriel. first of all, how symbolically is it for the nation that these burials have take place? >> i think symbolically this means colonel gaddafi who ruled this country more than four decades, his body is laid into the ground to rest if you like and libya can now move forward and look to rebuild the country rather than wrangling over the past. that really is what has been taking place here over the past four days. a political positioning taking place and the focal point of arguments between misurata and the rebels who captured the body here and benghazi and the politicians who now need to run the country. the symbolic trophy, the body of the former dictator. if he has been put into the ground, although we haven't seen pictures of it, that argument, that he ha
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Oct 4, 2011 5:00am EDT
came out to speak to us here. that may be because there's a lack of reporting restrictions here, so for the italian press there's been a real free for all since day one that they have been able to write and say anything they wanted about amanda knox, so she was really character assassinated and at one point her father said he thought that really harmed her, especially during that first murder trial. so that was the reaction from the crowd here last night. but of course the judges and the jury would have had to put aside any of this sensational publicity that has surrounded this trial right from the beginning as they did make those decisions and acquitted amanda knox and raffaele sollecito of the murder of meredith kercher. but as we have been hearing from the kerchers this morning, it now raises questions that were there other people involved? not just rudy, who is now the only person still in prison, serving a sentence for meredith's murder. >> luisa baldini, thank you very much indeed. well, those questions are going to hang in the air for a while because we're getting reports already
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Oct 3, 2011 5:30pm EDT
court for this decision. tell us about the atmosphere. >> about 30 policemen in plain clothes. she said very quietly, taking very deep breaths. when the verdict was read out, [inaudible] she immediately started sobbing. >> she just seemed to crumble. >> the prosecutor should enhance with each of them. -- shook hands with each of them. >> we understand that a statement is being made. >> we are just hearing from one of the lawyers. we are now hearing -- he has worked tirelessly to try to clear his son's name. he has been making the 11-hour round-trip up to where raffaele sollecito has been in prison. i cannot hear what he is saying very well. given his reaction, he has always claimed that this has been a miscarriage of justice. [cheering] he said the was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. he told me how he had met with resistance from the police when he wanted certain aspects of the case investigated. we are hearing applause. someone had taken to the steps. requesting applause for meredith. you were in there for the verdict. it all happened very quickly in the end. >> a very swift de
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